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    Hi guys, This is my first time posting but Ive been a long time viewer. Anyway the story goes, I've got my first car everything is in good nick except for the dash. It has about 4-5 major cracks and i want to restore/better it than the original. Because this is my daily driver i managed to pick up a free dash which is in similar condition. Ive striped the main material off it and the pics bellow is the result. This is where i need help.... I'm thinking of putting a resin over the foam, do a couple of layers of fiberglass, sand and bondo it back to a nice smooth finish then use Sem texture paint and trim black paint to get a more modern original look. will this work? how will the fiberglass go in the sun? better ways to do it?
    I'm a student to, so don't have heaps of money...

    Thanks

    how it sits




    only small parts of the foam are like this


    sun burnt goodness

  • #2
    I'll let the experts weigh in on whether there is a specialty replacement material for this purpose. Otherwise, your approach sounds like how I would try it.

    If you have gaps in the foam, I'm thinking that some of that home insulating foam might work for you - goes under the name of Great Stuff here in the states. It sticks like crazy to anything and expands when you apply it. I'd apply it to the gaps and let it overexpand, then let it dry completely. After that, cut it with a knife and try to shave it into shape. It's not quite as dense as the foam on the dash, so there may be another product that is better, but that's what comes to mind.

    Here's an article on using spray on plastic truck bed liner to get like-new results. Might work for you.
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    • #3
      I suspect if you just try to add foam and recover, it will crack again.

      I think you are on the right track. I would strip it, wrap it in fabric (preferably Ponte), resin it, then add 2 layers of mat/resin and do body work with Rage Gold, sand and paint. It should be good for life then!
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      • #4
        i am thinking you should use something more pliable then bondo/ resin-- either material might too different then the original material, so the hot/cold shrinkage rates of the 2 materials might cause separation later on down the road. though i really have no idea what you would need..
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        • #5
          I am no F/G genius but I have researched this proceedure and it is apparently done regularily with good results. I offer it up only as ideas to draw your own conclusions from.
          I have done a bit of F/G work but I have never laid up a dash.

          My understanding is that basically by adding the mat/resin, the original dash would just be the mold and attachment points to the vehicle. The dash would be solid fibreglass at that point and the filler is designed to be used with F/G. Any movement under the glass dash from the orginal dash shell should have no effect on the solid F/G shell.

          Just more food for thought!
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          • #6
            Thanks guys, ism thinking I'm gonna give it a shot.. its also my first time fiberglassing, I've done a fair bit of reading and watched a lot of youtube videos and is it really that easy? is all i need just some fiberglass mat and resin? would just an all purpose fiberglass resin do in this case? is Polyester resin ok? any further links would be great

            Thanks again

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            • #7
              http://www.fiberglassforums.com/showthread.php?t=4414
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              • #8
                http://www.fiberglassforums.com/show...highlight=dash

                http://www.fiberglassforums.com/show...highlight=dash
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                • #9
                  fiberglass resin and a layer or two of matting should do the trick, then you can sand and apply vinyl or paint, vinyl will give you the texture you are looking for, when heated it will stretch very nicely, liquid nails or a spray adhesive to secure it.
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                  • #10
                    so would something like this do for the resin?
                    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/MOTOSPRAY-NEW...item4aa3486473

                    and this for the mat?
                    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Fibreglass-Ch...item1e568fc382

                    What does the 300grm mean? how much of each would i roughly need?

                    Thanks for those links Phil

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                    • #11
                      I would go with a fiberglass woven cloth, the reason being, if you use a chopped strand mat it will fall apart when you try to smooth it out while applying the resin. Also you should use the Bondo brand clear resin, it comes with the hardener and a mixing bowl. Both you can purchase at walmart or autozone for cheap. I would say about 4 of the pre-cut cloths and two cans of resin should be enough, just make sure you apply a little at a time so you dont waste any resin, and apply it quickly before it hardens.
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                      • #12
                        try to stay away from the gel resin, you will thank me later.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                          i am thinking you should use something more pliable then bondo/ resin-- either material might too different then the original material, so the hot/cold shrinkage rates of the 2 materials might cause separation later on down the road. though i really have no idea what you would need..
                          if you use the clear resin, it will absorb into the foam before it hardens, you shouldnt have a problem with separation.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by david69leonard View Post
                            I would go with a fiberglass woven cloth, the reason being, if you use a chopped strand mat it will fall apart when you try to smooth it out while applying the resin. Also you should use the Bondo brand clear resin, it comes with the hardener and a mixing bowl. Both you can purchase at walmart or autozone for cheap. I would say about 4 of the pre-cut cloths and two cans of resin should be enough, just make sure you apply a little at a time so you dont waste any resin, and apply it quickly before it hardens.
                            Thanks, i'm from Australia though we don't have Walmart or Autozone. So ebay is my best bet
                            so fibreglass cloth like this?
                            http://cgi.ebay.com.au/98gm-3oz-Fibr...item20b11f1c46

                            and a resin like this?
                            http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Polyester-Res...item1e568fc510

                            Thanks for all help guys

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by david69leonard View Post
                              I would go with a fiberglass woven cloth, the reason being, if you use a chopped strand mat it will fall apart when you try to smooth it out while applying the resin. Also you should use the Bondo brand clear resin, it comes with the hardener and a mixing bowl. Both you can purchase at walmart or autozone for cheap. I would say about 4 of the pre-cut cloths and two cans of resin should be enough, just make sure you apply a little at a time so you dont waste any resin, and apply it quickly before it hardens.
                              i thought i should use mat cos its a fairly concave surface?

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